People v. Marshall
Court of Appeals of Illinois
995 N.E.2d 1045 (2013)
During a criminal investigation, two witnesses made statements to police that Marshall (defendant) committed a murder. Later, the witnesses retracted their statements. Despite this, the witnesses subsequently agreed to testify against Marshall at his trial on charges of first-degree murder. Throughout the trial, and particularly during his opening statement and closing arguments to the jury, the state’s prosecutor attempted to bolster the witnesses’ credibility by attributing their initial retraction of their statements to a fear of police and prosecutors inherent in the local “culture of the black community.” The jury found Marshall guilty. Marshall appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Goldenhersh, J.)
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